Yikes. These blog post gaps kept getting longer as baking here in the Bakernaut kitchen went into a bit of hibernation over the last year. Well, our kitchen was finally finished a few months back and it’s been such a treat to be able to roll out dough on a proper surface without bashing the rolling-pin into the side of the fridge!
You make cookie-pops instead! Read on find out how…
Back in December, my good friend Ane asked if I could help her out by providing some cakes and goodies for her fantastic new clothes label launch. Of course I said yes. At the time, the finish date for our kitchen was Christmas so I was sure I’d have an oven and a nice clean kitchen to work in by then. As you’ll know if you read my previous post, that didn’t happen, but as I’m a woman who stays true to her word, I had to figure out a way to make it happen.
Woooow, it’s been almost 9 months since I last wrote anything on the blog and there’s a good reason why. We finally decided to go for the big build, the extension we’ve been uhm’ing and ah’ing about for years. With the kids getting bigger we desperately needed another bedroom and a bathroom and the kitchen was in dire need of an update so we went for it. So, since August, we haven’t really had a kitchen.
It’s time for all things heart shaped, kind words and date nights. Or, at least for sharing a bottle of wine in front of the TV and some Valentine Vanilla Cupcakes after dinner, which is probably as far as we’ll stretch in our house. I have to admit I’m not the most romantic person so my efforts are sometimes not the most thought through but I do always try to show some love through cake.
Ok, so first of all, this is (sadly) NOT my cake. I didn’t make it, the amazing Lyndsay from Coco Cake Land did (check out her website for great cake ideas!) It’s just the happiest cake I think I’ve ever seen and just what you need on a gloomy day like today!
With a full-on head cold and incredibly annoying cough, I’m staying in, feeling just a little bit sorry for myself and hoping that sitting on the sofa under a blanket will allow me to recover relatively quickly. It also means I have a little time left over to write a long overdue post. Saying that, I won’t actually include a recipe. I know.
I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything for such a long time. I’ve been a real bore since Christmas, focusing on my upcoming Marathon (first ever, very nervous) which has led me to eat less cake (boooo) and also spend less time in the kitchen as I’ve been out running and going to classes when I would normally be putting something or other in the oven. My attempt at a more gluten-free diet has also meant that I’ve not been as enthusiatsic about baking as I normally am. I know there are thousands of amazing gluten free recipes out there so it’s not really that, more that I have generally been staying clear of bread and cake of any description in order to try and resolve my insane tiredness problem (not yet quite resolved but getting there…).
I will be back very soon with an actual post about actual cake that I have actually made myself. Promise.
Bakernaut would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas with this lovely Bear Cake!
It’s a very simple, lightly spiced cake that tastes like all things Christmas to me (it tastes particularly great with a glass of mulled wine). The recipe is my grandmother’s and makes a really fluffy but moist cake.
This gluten free chocolate and hazelnut torte with peanut butter frosting was baked out of necessity and desperation the other day!
I have recently become a bit suspicious that I might have some sort of bad reaction to gluten or wheat – extreme tiredness after meals has rendered me unable to function normally and it has been a really frustrating time. Not knowing the reason why I felt this way, I decided to give diet change a go and gave up sugar and gluten for a week.
This Winter Carrot Cake comes from Lily Vanilli‘s book Sweet Tooth and is incredible! It’s full of deliciously warming spices, orange zest, honey, dates, walnuts, carrots and a healthy amount of brandy. It’s seriously good.
These fantastically delicious Chocolate Sablés also comes from Edd Kimber’s “Patisserie Made Simple” book that I wrote about here last week. They are melt-in-the-mouth heavenly with a very rich chocolate flavour thanks to a fairly substantial amount of chopped 70% dark chocolate added to the mix!
After missing out when Edd Kimber signed his latest book “Patisserie Made Simple” at the Cake and Bake show earlier this month, I advance ordered it on Amazon and received it in the post a few days before it hit the shops! It such a beautiful book, and for a patisserie lover like myself a real gem for the bookshelf.